Words by F. Richard Garland, 2013
Music: tune, HIXON, by Mark A. Miller, 2003
This new text by F. Richard Garland was composed in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s "I Have a Dream" speech delivered at the March on Washington in 1963. The author writes of this text, "The Dream that King articulated resonated deeply and changed America profoundly, yet, sadly, it feels like, after so many years of progress, we are at risk of stepping backward. This text has political overtones, but then what King said that day did too."
The tune, originally composed as "All My Days" (Worship & Song, no. 3011) is by Mark Miller, who teaches sacred music and worship at both Drew University and Yale University. He is also the Minister of Music at Covenant United Methodist Church in Plainfield, New Jersey. Between 2002 and 2007, he was Director of Contemporary Worship at the Marble Collegiate Church in New York; and from 1999 to 2001, he was Music Associate and Assistant Organist of The Riverside Church in New York City. Mark is well known throughout the United Methodist Church as a composer, worship leader, teacher and performer of sacred music.